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Notes From the Sick Room
Notes From the Sick Room (Large Print)
by Steve Finbow
Publisher Watkins Publishing
Published on: 27 April 2017
Categories Psychology
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Our Price: UK£29.99

Volume(s): 1
Format Details: 16pt, Verdana
ISBN(s): 9781525245992
About the Book
Notes from the Sick Room is a study of the relationship between physical illness and creativity in art, literature and music. Much has been written on the links between mental health and creating art, but very little has focused on physical ailments, despite the widely known illnesses of many. Looks at a wide range of artists from the Brontes to Bowie, Chopin to Coetzee, from Kafka to Kathy Acker. Explores changing attitudes to sickness and disability, as well as how illness and treatment influences both methodology and art itself. Synopsis: Notes from the Sick Room takes place in an imaginary hospital that bends the rules of time and space. Within its wards and departments we meet artists, musicians and writers who have suffered from various physical illnesses - cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and physical trauma. Their lives and works are discussed in an attempt to diagnose how their complaints influenced their work or how their creativity affected their symptoms. We meet Virginia Woolf, Kathy Acker, Frida Kahlo, Katherine Mansfield, Bob Dylan Bruce Chatwin and many others as they struggle to produce works of art, literature and music while in denial, acceptance or flight and through periods of serious illness and convalescence. As we move through the hospital, specialists keep us informed of the history of creativity and illness and the author divulges his own medical history.
About the Author
Steve Finbow 's fiction includes Balzac of the Badlands (Future Fiction London, 2009), Tougher Than Anything in the Animal Kingdom (Grievous Jones Press, 2011), Nothing Matters (Snubnose Press, 2012). His biography of Allen Ginsberg in Reaktion's Critical Lives series was published in 2011. His other works include Grave Desire: A Cultural History of Necrophilia (Zero Books, 2014) and Down Among the Dead (Number Thirteen Press, 2014). He was recently writer-in-residence at The Function Room.
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